Protests planned against Bush’s visit in Slovenia

June 10th, 2008 - 5:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Brdo (Slovenia), June 10 (Xinhua) Several Slovenian groups have planned to stage protests against US President George W. Bush when he arrives Tuesday in the Alpine town to attend an EU-US summit. In Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, the Youth Party will stage a peace rally in front of the US Embassy to protest the Bush administration’s policies on environment, human rights, minority rights and democracy, according to Slovenia’s STA news agency.

A loosely-connected student group, the “Society for the Rehabilitation of Rock n’ Roll,” will protest in Kranj, some 10 km from the venue of the summit.

Various leftist groups also announced protests in cities such as Maribor and Koper, but they have not reported the rallies to police, according to STA.

Security has been tightened for the summit, with a motorway section passing the venue being closed along with a number of local roads around Brdo, some 30 km northwest of Ljubljana.

Hundreds of policemen have been deployed in the town to maintain law and order.

Bush started his week-long European tour Monday morning in Ljubljana, which will also take him to Germany, Italy, France and Britain.

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